Cankdeska Cikana Community College (CCCC) and North Dakota Idea Network of Biomedical Research Excellence (ND INBRE) have partnered up to provide the first of what they hope to see become an annual North Dakota Tribal College Research Symposium.
This first Annual Symposium, planned for March 8, in part, is the direct result of a facilitated Nominal Group Technique (NGT) Data Collection process that asked a group of researchers from the five North Dakota Tribal Colleges - Sitting Bull College, Nueta Hidatsa Sahnish College, United Tribes Technical College, Turtle Mountain Community College and CCCC - on How to Build Research Capacity in Tribal Colleges and Communities.
This NGT provided the facilitator with the opportunity to prioritize group-generated ideas into five themes or categories. A leading theme was to provide Native American students an opportunity to disseminate their research with each other, that is, within the ND Tribal College and Native American student research network.
This year, CCCC and ND INBRE will bring in Evan Adams, MD, MPH, a Coast Salish actor (Thomas Builds the Fire, Smoke Signals) and physician (British Columbia Ministry of Health) from the Sliammon Band near Powell River, BC, Canada to provide the keynote address on Building Research Capacity in Tribal Colleges and Communities.
A tribal college faculty research panel will follow Evans in a brief panel discussion on what is currently being done in ND tribal colleges and reservation communities in the campaign to build research capacity in their respective areas. The CCCC and ND INBRE collaboration invites exhibitors and welcomes networking during the Symposium.
Finally, Native student researchers and guests will have an opportunity to showcase their research in a poster and brief oral presentation.
Registration for this free event begins at 8:15 a.m. in the CCCC Café and Commons Area. The event will begin with a traditional Dakota opening ceremony at 9 a.m. Dr. Cynthia Lindquist will provide opening remarks, with Dr. Leander “Russ” McDonald leading the program as the Master of Ceremonies. The student poster presentations will begin during the community meal provided by the college.
CCCC invites everyone to come and join in this event.